When the eyes are not in perfect alignment, they cannot work together as effectively. Your visual system must constantly work hard to compensate for the misalignment, and this puts significant stress on the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve is the largest and most complex nerve connected to the brain and is responsible for communicating sensations to and from the head and neck. The effects of this stress include:
Upper back pain
These are also classic symptoms of a condition known as digital eye strain.
As you may have guessed, digital eye strain is a direct result of spending large periods of time using a digital device. Our eyes need to work harder when we are using digital devices, normally because we are viewing them from a less than optimal distance and because they emit harsh light that can strain our eyes. Any misalignment of the eyes just compounds the effects of digital eye strain.
Neurolenses are the first and currently the only prescription lenses that incorporate small amounts of contoured microprism into their design. This prism alters the position of the images that the wearer sees, counteracting the misalignment and instead aligning them in the same plane. Doing this significantly reduces the amount of strain on the eyes and the pressure on the trigeminal nerve, reducing many of the symptoms that accompany digital eye strain and binocular vision dysfunction.
Before you can get Neurolens, you first need to have your eyes assessed to determine how much microprism is needed. This is decided using the Neurolens tracking device which evaluates the extent of your visual misalignment. The Neurolens exam is fast, taking around just 3 minutes, and is non-invasive. You will be asked to look into a special machine and focus on a single point while a dynamic display of images activates your peripheral and central vision. This will enable your eye doctor at Eyes & Ears to measure distance and near alignment.
Your eye doctor at Eyes and Ears in Southlake will use this figure to determine the amount of prism to be included in the lenses. After this, your doctor may make very small ‘tweaks’ to the level of prism in the lenses in order to reach optimal improvement in your vision and reduction in your symptoms. With your Neurolens prescription, you could experience as much as an 80% improvement in your symptoms.
If you would like more information about Neurolens, or to schedule an appointment, contact Eyes & Ears in Southlake, Texas at (817) 270-6400.